Time FLIES when
you’re gagging over a clumpy bit of oily goodness in your mouth having fun, huh?
It’s been TWO YEARS since I launched my love affair with oil pulling and, if you’re just joining us, here’s a bit of the why & the how (the longer bit can be found here).
I’m a misfit.
I’m either an early adopter or I’m so late to the soiree most people have headed home.
With coconut oil I was the latter.
My elbows were dry, we’d struggled with the lice of the head, I knew it rocked for cooking and coffee—-yet I’d do the same OILYdance over and over:
purchase. unopened expire. repeat.
All to the dismay of myself and my wallet.
I wasn’t motivated enough to crack open the container—even with my raging head lice fears—until I stumbled upon the notion of oil pulling.
Of spooning a lump of oil into my coconut-hole, swirling in my mouth for a goal of 20 minutes, and releasing into the toilet when through.
I was disgusted.
I was grossed out (I don’t do mayo. This reminded me of mayo).
I read the many health benefits.
I was in.
Here’s the oil pulling short version:
- Oil pulling is swishing oil in mouth to rid body of toxins. The goal is to swish for 20 minutes.
- Toxins are released due to the stimulating effect swishing has on body’s “eliminatory system.”
- Oil pulling purportedly heals individual cells & cell conglomerates (lymph nodes/internal organs).
- Oil pulling is believed to keep gums exceedingly healthy and prevent Alzheimers.
Now we both use coconut oil!
Quite frankly my first experience—captured on video by the soundtrack providing six year old—led me to believe I’d never try again:
Two years later, however, I’m still coconut oil pulling and here’s why:
- I turned my oil yellow! Id say I’m crazy, but this whole venture is whackadoodle. The first few times I pulled I neither lasted long enough (hardcore folks go TWENTY MINUTES) nor was my oil yellow upon “release” into toilet. Yellow supposedly indicates all toxins have been pulled (spit! spit! never swallow!). Once I hit the yellow—I was committed.
- I’m motivated by potential for long-term gum health/Alzheimers prevention. As with weight-loss and skinny jeans Id have quit long ago if this were solely for whiter teeth. I don’t have great oral or Alzheimer genetics. My gun is loaded. I’ll try anything.
- My teeth are whiter? Yes, that IS phrased as a question. Quite frankly, I can’t tell. All I know is the Tornado has ceased asking me: Mama, will my teeth turn yellow when I’m old?! so there’s that.
- I do it my way. This may be the worst “guide” to oil pulling ever. I don’t always pull for 20 minutes. I never do it first thing in morning/before coffee. I only do it 3-4x a week. I do what I can when I can. OIL PULLING is like FITNESS. It doesn’t MATTER what the “ideal” is. What matters is what I will consistently do!
- The Tornado knows I find it icky
. Each time she sees me pull she *still* sings her theme song. Each time I pull she *still* interrogates me. Was that gross? (yes) Did you want to spit it right out? (yes) Ew. I dont like coconut. Do you? (no) Im never doing that! Why do you do it? (insert same rambles as last time). I think it’s GREAT for her to see me doing something I don’t love in the name of long-term health.
- It rocks for canines, too! OK this isn’t so much the pulling (wouldn’t that be a trick!), but the fact coconut oil is great for Charming as well. From preventing Giardia to freshening his dog-breath our new family member has leaped on the oily wagon as well.
(note the joy on his face.)
And now I look to you.
- If you are one of the many who joined me in pulling two years ago—are you still? why or why not?
- If you’ve never pulled before—will you jump in the oily-fray and give it a go?